Season Champions Ohio State
Number of teams 11
|Top draft pick Joe Thomas (Wisconsin)|
Start date 2006
|League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)|
Duration August, 2006 through January, 2007
Picked by Cleveland Browns, first round (3rd overall)
Season champion Ohio State Buckeyes football
Season MVPs Troy Smith, LaMarr Woodley
TV partners American Broadcasting Company, ESPN, ESPN2
Similar 2006 NCAA Division I, 2006 NFL season, 2007 NFL season, 2009 NFL season
The 2006 Big Ten Conference football season was the 111th season for the Big Ten Conference. The season began on Thursday, August 31, 2012 when Northwestern played Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota played Kent State. The season concluded on January 8, 2007 when Big Ten champion Ohio State lost in the BCS National Championship Game to the Florida Gators.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez was also the head coach of the team the previous season in 2005. After 15 years of coaching he decided to step down as head coach of the football team and chose Bret Bielema to succeed him.
In June 2006 Northwestern head coach Randy Walker unexpectedly died when he suffered an apparent heart attack. Northwestern alum and linebacker coach at the time Pat Fitzgerald was named his successor. The hiring made Fitzgerald the youngest Division I-A at the time of the hiring.
Following a disappointing season in which his team went 7-5 Lloyd Carr promoted defensive backs coach Ron English to defensive coordinator.